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411  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: December 31, 2012 08:30:49 AM
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412  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along on: December 31, 2012 08:29:56 AM
Monthly Themes and Challenges

These are meant purely for inspiration.  Don't feel yourself bound by them if they don't fit your crafty mood for the month.

January
Color:  white
Pattern: dots
For: resolutions
Challenge 1:  It is time once again to take stock of your stash.  This means finding it all, seeing what you have, and identifying some goals for DeStashing in the coming year.  
Challenge 2:  Are there any other craftalongs that will help you with your goals this year?  If so, join up and spread the love around.

February
Color:  pink
Pattern: swirls
For: organizing
Challenge 1:  Now that you've located and looked at your stash, you might be ready to get it in some kind of order.  Untangle your yarn, sort your seed beads, and generally make sure you can find things in your stash easily so that you can use them.  If that's too daunting, you could just clear off your crafting surface so you're ready for your next project.  Whatever makes the most sense for you.  And if you're brave enough to post pictures, we would love to see them.
Challenge 2: Finish the oldest UFO (unfinished object) you can still find.

March
Color:  green
Pattern:  flowers
For:  yourself
Challenge 1:  What can I do with this?  What /is/ this?  Why was I saving this?  These are all questions you may have asked yourself over the past two months.  If you've come across stash that you can't quite figure the best use for, post a picture here and ask.  Who knows what another pair of eyes (or two) can come up with!?
Challenge 2: Any brave souls want to join me for a month long craft supply diet?  It's totally optional, and you get to choose how strict you want to be... (*runs for cover*)

April
Color:  Purple  
Pattern:  Paisley
For:  Your car, bicycle, scooter, or donkey cart.  However you get around.
Challenge1:  Now that you've done a bit of cleaning, picked our collective brains for new uses for old items, and generally had a while to ponder your stash, you may come to the conclusion that there are some items in there you are never going to use.  That's okay!  Pass them along to someone else.  (After all, that makes room for new stuff).
Challenge 2: Okay, so we've all probably got a pinterest boards or a bookmark folder full of neat tutorials we've saved for later.  Well, later is now, so how about rolling up your sleeves and giving one or two of them a try.  

May
Color:  Yellow  
Pattern:  Stripes
For:  Teachers
Challenge 1:  Is there a craft your mom, grandmother, great-aunt or the like taught you when you were very little but you haven't tried in ages?  If the supplies are in your stash, give it a try again.  You'll be amazed at what your fingers remember.
Challenge 2:  Concentrate on the material that makes up the largest portion of your stash, be it yarn, seed beads, or whatever.

June
Color:  Orange  
Pattern:  Solids
For:  Yard (or windowsill/balcony/fire-escape for the apartmet dwellers out there)
Challenge 1:  Six month check in!  Has your stash migrated?  Grown?  Shrunk?  Take a look back at your DeStashing resolutions and see how far you've come.  Are your goals still relevant, or do you need to do some tweaking?
Challenge 2: Have any swaps caught your eye recently but you weren't able to join?  Make something for yourself using the same themes.

July
Color:  Red
Pattern:  Checks/Gingham
For:  Friends
Challenge 1:  Is there a special item in your stash you have been saving for just the right project, whatever that might be?  Go ahead and give yourself permission to use it!
Challenge 2:  Take some stress out of the holidays by making a gift now.  Just remember where you put it when the time to actually give it away comes around.

August
Color:  Rainbow  
Pattern:  Stars
For:  Pets
Challenge 1:  Make a scrappy project!  This is also a good time to go through your scraps and realistically evaluate how small something can be and still be useful.
Challenge 2:  On the go projects - Make something you can work on while you're out and about.

September
Color:  Grey  
Pattern:  Argyle
For:  Your Workplace (or School if that's more appropriate)
Challenge 1:  Remember those supplies you bought to teach yourself a new craft that are languishing unused at the bottom of your stash?   Now might be a good time to dust them off, find some instructions, and knuckle down.
Challenge 2: Use up a specific number of items from your stash.  You know what you have better than anyone else, but try for something like 1 yard of cloth, 2 skeins of yarn, 4 buttons, 8 sheets of scrapbook paper, 16 beads, etc. etc. etc.  Whatever suits your stash best, just pick a number and try your hardest.

October
Color:  Black  
Pattern:  Lace
For:  Cold Weather (If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, I of course meant to say Warm Weather gear)
Challenge 1:  If you're anything like me, you love the adrenaline rush at the beginning of the project, but by the time rolls around to clip threads, sew on snaps, and all the other little things that make a project truly finished you've gotten bored and moved on to the next craft.  So pull out those almost finished projects from wherever they're hiding, and take care of the finishing touches.
Challenge 2: Much like our pinterest challenge from earlier in the year this one is about all the lovely craft books you have lined up on your shelf.  If you have a book you love but have never done anything from, pull it down and see if something from your stash will suit.

November
Color:  Brown
Pattern: Plaid
For: Charity
Challenge 1:  Host a crafternoon with friends.  Its a great way to make gifts in bulk ahead of the holiday season.  And fresh eyes looking at your stash may find new ways to use materials that would never occur to you.
Challenge 2: Make more than one of something.  If you've already got the supplies out, it might be nice to make a batch, some to keep, some to give away.

December
Color: Blue  
Pattern: Shiny
For: The House
Challenge 1:  This is such a busy time of year whatever DeStashing you get done this month is just icing on the cake.  But if you have time, it might be a good idea to just take a look around your stash again and see how far you've come.
Challenge 2:  Help me come up with new ideas to make the 2014 DeStashAlong even better!  
413  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / 2013 Annual DeStash-Along (CLOSED) on: December 31, 2012 08:29:11 AM

Sewing bee at Bethungra by Australian War Memorial collection, on Flickr

Whether we measure the volume by the bin, basket, cupboard, closet, or room, stashes are an integral part of every crafter's life.  They provide inspiration for our next project and let us to give in to late night crafting urges without running to the store.  Or they just allow us to sleep in our beds at night secure in the knowledge that when the Zombie Apocalypse comes we will have enough yarn, sequins, and glitter glue to see us through.

It isn't a question of "do you have a stash?" but "do you want to make the most of your stash?"

If so, welcome to the 5th Annual DeStash-Along -- a year long celebration and shopping spree through our vast hordes of supplies on hand.  We traditionally have monthly themes and challenges, share pictures and ideas, and generally have a good time together.  

We do hope you'll join us.


Previous DeStash-Along Threads can be found here, for more information and inspiration
2012
2011
2010
2009
414  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 DeStash-Along on: December 27, 2012 06:09:43 PM
alwaysinmyroom - that's a great idea about trying circulars in there.  I can't ever get my circs organized.

Great ideas for challenges.  Maybe we should have multiple challenges during the months?
415  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 DeStash-Along on: December 26, 2012 12:44:13 PM
After Christmas crafting update!

I managed to make a few things in between seasonal retail work (oh joy)

A Yarn Tote that used up about a yard of stash.  It's big enough to hold three skeins of yarn and a mostly finished giant granny square:

Yarn Tote by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

A CD holder (pretty boring and self explanatory) that used up a little over half a yard.

CD Holder by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

And a bunch of little notebooks.  Lots and Lots, and there are still more to be made for after Christmas presents.

Pocket Pamphlets by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Still working on plans for next year's DeStash-Along, so if you have any ideas, speak up!
416  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 DeStash-Along on: December 08, 2012 04:58:07 PM
So it seems like folks would be open to having the first couple months with challenges that escalate to a more organized stash.  Always open to more suggestions if anyone's got them.  Were there ones we've already done that people particularly liked, or ones I should avoid?

And because I have actually gotten some destashing done, pictures!


Dino Pillow by AluminumDryad, on Flickr


Dino Pillow by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

417  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 DeStash-Along on: December 06, 2012 07:51:32 AM
Oh wow, great discussion.  It hit on a lot of what I've been pondering as I stare at my stash - whether to give away or try to sell parts of it, what to do with those 7 balls of mohair yarn, how do I organize all this stuff, and how did I acquire all of this in the first place.  I've also started brainstorming ideas for themes & challenges in spare moments at work.  Would folks be open to the first couple months concentrating on getting a handle on stashes themselves?  Sort of like finding it all, weeding, organizing, etc.?  I  know I would find it useful, but I don't want to impose my current decluttering bug on anyone else, or make people feel guilty about their stash (so not what this craftalong is about) but doing things like that in groups can really help motivation and momentum.
418  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 DeStash-Along on: December 01, 2012 04:49:37 PM
December Themes

Photo © 2011 J. Ronald Lee, CC Attribution 3.0

Color: Metallic
Pattern: Folk-art.
For: The House. And it doesn't have to be holiday themed unless you want it to be.
Challenge: We're in the last month. It's a sprint to the finish. Look back at the goals you made in January and see how you did. Or just tally up all the projects you've made from stash and give yourself a big pat on the back.


And on a purely administrative note:  Next year will be the 5th year of the DeStash-Along here on Craftster!  I'd welcome any suggestions on how to make it better than ever, or mark the occasion in some way.
419  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 DeStash-Along on: November 14, 2012 05:59:43 PM
What awesome crochet, that1girl!  I'm afraid I don't have the patience for doilies and snowflakes, so I'm always amazed when people make them.

Just two quick things for November DeStashing:

A bag made from a fat quarter I've had since high-school.  It will be nice to finally get some use out of it.

Stashbusting Bag by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

And a little sweater for a little doll.

Sweater Weather by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
420  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2012 DeStash-Along on: November 04, 2012 12:59:23 PM
Great flowers, ya'll - both the ring and the beanie.

I am super stoked!  My old roomie and I just spent the last hour or so planning a crafty get-together to assembly line make a bunch of Christmas presents, and the best part is with our stashes combined we're only going to have to buy extra glue, felt, and pens.  The only downside is that our schedules don't combine until December, so I'm just going to have to work on other projects to work off all the energy from our planning session.
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